November General Meeting


Sue Craft our President welcomed 31 members and guest to our November general meeting this evening.

Tonight David Wilkins introduced our guest Floris Van Breugel,  Nature Photographer. “Encounters with Ents” Floris will take us through a series of his images that go beyond simple documentation, focusing on the anthropomorphic qualities of nature including studies of sensual sand dunes and rugged tree 'people'.  He gave us a glimpse into his thought process, and shared some of his stories from the field. Through his photography, he shared his creative interpretation of the natural landscape around him, with a passion, elegance, and beautiful compositions.  Floris' images have been featured in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, Geo International Magazine, NaturFoto, Digital Photo UK, and Living Bird.  He is also one of the moderators for the popular online nature photography forum You can find more info on his website here: He stayed and answered our questions which was greatly appreciated. We gave him a Certificate of appreciation, Honorary Membership for one year, and a $75 mileage check.

David Wilkins our Vice President gave his report on the upcoming programs:    Dec 20 – Holiday Photo Contest & Dinner Donations wanted for Raffle – proceeds up to $200 to go to Friends of Senior Center.   

Douglas Wade report our Workshop Chair announced the upcoming workshops:  Nov 23 Workshop to be Nov 16 -  Creative Photography by Nan Carder (LPA Creative PSA Interclub entries to be shown.  Winning entrants will share techniques) ;  Dec 28 – No Workshop – Enjoy the Holidays; Jan 25 – Portrait Workshop by Susan Cowles.    

Helen Henry gave her Competition Chair report: Oct – Prime Desert Woodland – Cheryl Ross Comp Chair - Over 70 entries, mostly digital and no late entries. Jan  – “Open” changed from Portrait; Mar – “Portrait” changed from “Open” – Judge Julie Sutton; May – Step Into The Past; June – “End of Year” competition – Judged & Membership Vote for favorite; July – Prime Desert Woodland by David/Chris Wilkins - Late Winter/Spring Desert Prime competition and only digital entries.   

Sue Craft gave the report for Bill Sutton our Field Trip Chair  and announced the following agenda: Dec 3 – Clark Court Holiday Lights – Faith W and Sue Craft;  Jan 29 – Red Rock Canyon – David & Chris Wilkins;  Feb 19 – Calico Ghost Town for Civil War Re-Enactment – Sue Craft & Bill Sutton; Apr 15-18 – Yosemite for Moonbows.

Terri Garner will take over as moderator for the Friday Night Discussion.  The meetings will be on hold until after the first of the year but then they will meet a King Photo on Lancaster Blvd – 630pm – 830pm.

Faith W. said thank you for your support and please keep sending in pictures and your articles.

Lyle Trusty said the S4C your entries are due the end of month, every month, so be sure you have your UEN numbers. The time is NOW!!!!

Helen Henry gave the PSA report for Nan Carder ( Nan emailed the report for accuracy). We have started the 2010-2011 PSA Interclub year. Our first set of images was sent to the ICIC for the October contest. Congratulations go to Mel Carll for winning an Honorable Mention in the first competition. Your image will be shown at the national conference in Colorado Springs next year during the BOB (Best of the Best). Our club has been recognized in the November PSA journal in the News Section- Color Projected Image article for winning the Group B Creative Interclub competition. Lancaster Photography Association will be judging the PSA Nature Interclub contest in May 2011. We also will be judging one of the ICIC competitions plus the Creative contest in February. Please watch for the PSA feature article on Lancaster Photo Association, possibly in the January issue. Upcoming PSA competitions: PSA Creative First Round entries for December 1, 2010- Dale Ware, Helen Henry, Cheryl Ross, Mel Carll, Bill Sutton, Dean Webb. PSA Color Projected Images Second Round for December 1, 2010-Helen Henry, David Wilkins, Dale Ware, Bill Sutton, Larry Boswell and Sue Craft. PSA Quarterly Photojournalism Individual Competition December 3, 2010. Anita Kratofil and Jerry Henry now have pictures in the first year gallery for the Photographic Society of America. You can see it at the following:  PSA Youth Showcase for 2011- We would like to have the local high schools participate in this in 2011, and we are trying to work the Antelope Valley High School District.  S4C: Congratulations to Michael Harris (Brush Fire) for his HM in the AA competition. Also Dwight Franke with Ravens received an Award, and Terri Garner with Flowers in Tylene’s Garage and Roger Day with Don’t Get Your Dander Up received Honorable Mentions. S4C Interlcub A entries for December are the following: Arliss Dawson, Cheryl Ross, Larry Boswell and Dale Ware. S4C Interclub AA entries for December are the following: Tylene Trout, Mel Carll, Lee Simmons and David Wilkins. We need all of your help getting pictures this year for the PSA Interclub Competitions. Pictures need to be 1024 x 768. Please upload them to the LPA website, or send them to me. If there are any questions or if any needs help, please contact me. Please join the Photographic Society of America. Please  use Helen Henry or myself as your  reference.

Cheryl Ross our library chair has books, magazines and information out on non-competition night for all to view. If anyone wants to donate to the Library, please contact Cheryl Ross. If you would like to check out books, magazines or items in the Library, please contact Cheryl.  Items available for checkout can be found on the LPA website, under the Members Only section. 

By Bonnie Matthews


by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn’t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she’s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I’m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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